UC Davis in nationwide hub on climate change

Feb 25, 2014 Edward Ortiz Sacramento Bee
UC Davis is one of 10 nationwide sites to focus on climate change effects on farms and forests.

February 25, 2014
(from Edward Ortiz, The Sacramento Bee)

Dan Kluepfel, Dept. of Plant Pathology, UC Davis, and U.S. Dept. of Agriculture

The Obama administration has tapped UC Davis as one of 10 sites around the country to be part of a research push on the potential effects of climate change on farms and forests. It was chosen specifically to address climate change’s effects on specialty crops, ranching and forestry.

“This comes as a result of the administration putting climate change high on their list of concerns,” said microbiologist Daniel Kluepfel, Department of Plant Pathology, who will lead the Davis “sub-hub.”

Mark Schwartz, Dept. of Environmental Science and Policy, UC Davis, and director of the John Muir Institute of the Environment.

Kluepfel said an initial goal will be solidifying relationships between the government agencies, land-grant universities such as UC Davis, and local and state governments that are conducting their own research.

Mark Schwartz, director of the John Muir Institute of the Environment at UC Davis, said he expects forest health, a big issue in Western states, to be part of the sub-hub dialogue.

(Read the full article, by Edward Ortiz, Feb. 9, 2014, in the Sacramento Bee.)

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